Last Chance Kitchen discussion in Top Chef posts?
December 21, 2015 8:07 AM - Subscribe

Question for Top Chef fans on FanFare: what should we do about Last Chance Kitchen in our discussion threads? fffm has raised the question and I think it bears discussing.

I see 3 options:
  1. No discussion of LCK in Top Chef posts. (If you're waiting until just before the Top Chef finale to binge-watch LCK, this would keep things spoiler-free, but I don't know if anyone's actually doing that.)
  2. Create separate FanFare posts for LCK. On the one hand, this would keep the discussions separate; on the other, LCK installments are only about 10 minutes long, so there's less to discuss.
  3. Include discussion of LCK in Top Chef posts. Only LCK installments for the current and past Top Chef episodes should be discussed in an episode's thread. (IIRC, this is the approach used for RuPaul's Drag Race and Untucked.)
Door #3 makes the most sense to me, but I'll go with the hive mind on this!
posted by duffell (9 comments total)
I keep forgetting FFTalk exists. I'm with #3; LCK is available on the website at the same time each new episode airs.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 8:22 AM on December 21, 2015

I acknowledge that #3 is the most practical. Given that, we watch Top Chef on the TV/DVR, and LCK is on the website and kind of a pain to watch, so we tend to miss it for quite a while after the show airs. So #3 would inevitably end up spoiling LCK for me.

BTW, option #4 would be a single Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen "season" post.
posted by smackfu at 10:32 AM on December 21, 2015

What if we created a full-season LCK post now, and just switch conversational focus each week?
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 12:56 PM on December 21, 2015 [1 favorite]

I think we've been trying to talk around LCK in the threads. I vote #3 to relieve that awkwardness.
posted by tofu_crouton at 3:11 PM on December 21, 2015

I've not generally been a LCK watcher, but speaking for myself I wouldn't mind if LCK winners got spoiled week to week in the threads. This is my way of voting for option 3. If I'm interested enough for some reason, I'll watch it before coming here. If I'm not into it enough to watch, for LCK purposes it doesn't bother me to know who wins week to week.
posted by dnash at 6:08 PM on December 21, 2015

I also vote for door #3!
posted by chainsofreedom at 7:16 AM on December 23, 2015

I'm terrible at being the "decider" in these situations. The majority is with Door #3, but "Door #4" proposed by smackfu and seconded by fffm seems perfectly workable, and more spoiler-sensitive for those who don't watch LCK week-to-week.

Thoughts? I'm leaning toward #4 to err on the side of allowing everyone to join the discussion w/o fear of spoilers.
posted by duffell at 8:16 AM on January 9, 2016

Well, I created it, if people decide they would rather discuss in the episode threads, no big deal.
posted by smackfu at 9:36 AM on January 9, 2016 [1 favorite]

DONE. Nice work.
posted by duffell at 9:51 AM on January 9, 2016

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